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7:00 PM ET, January 9, 2009

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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft holding off on Windows 7 public beta  —  Microsoft has postponed, at least for a short time, making the beta of Windows 7 publicly available.  —  The move comes as Microsoft has struggled to keep its Windows 7 Web site up on Friday.  —  “Due to very heavy traffic we're seeing …
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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Update on Windows 7 Beta Availability  —  Due to very heavy traffic we're seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to the Microsoft.com properties before we post the public beta.  We want to ensure customers have the best possible experience …
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Windows 7 Public Beta Delayed, Due Later Friday Afternoon  —  According to the Microsoft Partner Program website, the Windows 7 beta was to be officially released at noon Friday: “Partners with a MSDN or TechNet subscription can download Windows 7 Beta now.  All other partners …
Microsoft TechNet:
Welcome to the Windows 7 Beta Customer Preview Program  — Test Windows 7 Beta in your lab environment  — Stay informed on updates and resources  —  Windows 7 is...  the next release of the Windows client operating system, built on the secure foundation of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Web site problems as Windows 7 beta hits
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Dell Adamo hands-on!  (Update: now with video!)  —  Looks like our puppy-dog eyes have served us well yet again — we just got to spend some time with Dell's ultra-hot Adamo.  It's really small, less than an inch thick, we'd say — and although we didn't measure, we'd say that 13-inch screen rumor was spot on.
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Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
Dell officially unveils Adamo, Mini 10  —  A model shows off Dell's new luxury notebook called Adamo.  —  (Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET Networks)  —  LAS VEGAS—Dell trotted out a fashion model to show off the newest addition to its notebook lineup, but beyond explaining the name of Adamo, gave no further details.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Dell launches Inspiron Mini 10
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's New Favicon (Again)  —  Google changed their favicon once more (the last change happened in May 2008).  Above you can see the recent history of this icon showing in the address bar and elsewhere.  The new design consists of four color areas - blue, red, green and yellow - overlaid by a lowercase white “g”.
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The Official Google Blog:
Google's new favicon  —  Back in June, we rolled out a new favicon — the small icon that greets you when you access Google on your URL bar or your bookmarks list — and we encouraged our users to submit their ideas for this important piece of Google branding.
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
Chrome 2.0 Preview Means Mac, Linux Versions Coming Soon  —  Google has rolled out an alpha preview of the next major revision for its Chrome web browser.  Those undaunted by the current alpha status of 2.0 can get an early taste of what's to come in Chrome.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Google leaps forward with Chrome 2.0 dev. preview
Clint Ecker / Ars Technica:
The pre's got Mojo: a developer speaks about Palm's new SDK  —  Thursday Palm announced its next-generation foray into mobile computing with a one-two hardware/software punch at CES 2009.  The company talked about its new mobile phone platform called pr that combines impressive hardware …
Discussion: MobileBurn.com and Gadget Lab
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Microsoft's quest to beat Google  —  The consumer electronics and technology world is used to starting the year with a landmark presentation from one of the industry's leading figures.  —  That role has traditionally fallen to Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, whose annual appearances …
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Manage Amazon EC2 With New Web-Based AWS Management Console  —  Today we're announcing the availability of the Web-based AWS Management Console, which in this first release provides management of your Amazon EC2 environment via a point-and-click interface.  A number of management tools already exist …
Electronista:
Palm Pre to go GSM, cost $399 at Sprint?  —  The Palm Pre is already poised to run on more widespread GSM networks but may be more costly regardless of network, according to separate reports.  Company European sales VP Paul Ghent tells site Pocket-lint that while the initial version of the Pre …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple at CES?  Unlikely  —  A Stevenote at CES?  Don't hold your breath.  —  (Credit: James Martin/CNET News)  —  A report that Apple is planning a visit to CES next year had eyes rolling Friday morning from Las Vegas to Cupertino.  —  Cult of Mac reports, citing a source with …
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR and Electronista
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Ed Sutherland / Cult of Mac:
Apple Ditching MacWorld in Favor of CES?
John Cook / TechFlash:
Business wiki AboutUs lands $2.5 million from Voyager Capital  —  Portland-based AboutUs, which today is announcing a $2.5 million venture round from Voyager Capital, has something going for it that many Internet startups can only dream of.  Last year, the 3-year-old business wiki turned a profit …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Dell acquires Allin for $12 million  —  Dell has acquired Microsoft IT consulting company Allin in a $12 million stock deal.  —  The acquisition, announced Friday, aims to bolster Dell's consulting work in the areas of designing and implementing scalable networks and application architectures …
Discussion: Bits
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google, Facebook, MySpace and More Meet to Talk Activity Streams  —  Last night at the offices of blogging software company Six Apart, engineers and social media specialists from a number of companies large and small met to discuss proposed standards for the future of “activity streams” …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Fatal police shooting posted on YouTube  —  The footage is shaky and low quality, with chaotic shouts and protests from onlookers at a subway station in San Francisco's east bay.  But it clearly shows three policeman roughly handling a group of young men - including one who is pinned to the ground by two officers and shot in the back.
Discussion: CNET News and Times of London
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Skype For Android No Threat To Wireless Carriers — Yet (GOOG, EBAY)  —  Our first thought when we heard that eBay's (EBAY) Internet phone company Skype was making an app for Google's (GOOG) Android cellphones: Yikes, wonder what Android carrier T-Mobile (DT) thinks of that.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Seattle P-I put up for sale  —  The Seattle P-I is being put up for sale, and if after 60 days it has not sold, it will either be turned into a Web-only publication with a greatly reduced staff or discontinued entirely.  —  “One thing is clear: at the end of the sale process …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Wireless USB devices in spotlight at CES  —  LAS VEGAS—At the Consumer Electronics Show, Wireless USB devices made an appearance en masse.  —  What does that mean exactly?  Wireless USB notebooks, docking stations, hard drives.  And more consumer-centric devices like Wireless USB speakers, displays, and USB phones.
Discussion: SlashGear
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
CES: Netflix on the Hunt  —  Reed Hastings is prowling CES for deals.  Already, in the past year, the CEO of DVD rental service Netflix Inc. has cut at least a half-dozen partnerships with consumer electronics makers to make a Netflix service that streams movies and television shows …
Reuters:
China Mobile to launch 3G phone on android platform-source  —  China Mobile (0941.HK), the world's largest wireless carrier, plans to launch a 3G handset built on the Android platform in the first quarter, a source with direct knowledge of the issue said on Friday.
John Gittelsohn / OC Business News:
Broadcom billionaire loses fight to keep e-mail on drug use secret  —  A 2002 e-mail in which billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III says he has been on a drug binge that left him “not fully functioning” to run his company, Broadcom Corp., can be admitted as evidence in the criminal case against the Newport Coast tech mogul.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo's Share Of All Search Advertisers Drops 36% in Q4 (YHOO)  —  After holding steady for most of 2008, Yahoo's share of all search engine advertisers dropped like a rock in October, November and December — plummeting from 30.4% to 19.4% at the end of Q4, according to search marketing firm AdGooroo.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Rumor: Travel site Expedia may go private  —  Expedia, a publicly traded travel planning site, may be going private, we're hearing from within the financial bowels of New York.  This is just a rumor but we're publishing it anyway because the move could make sense, and our readers deserve to know the idea is out there.
 
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